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I Fully Endorse PkgBackup for Jailbroken iPhones

PkgBackupThis won’t be the first time I’ve mentioned the wonderful 3rd party backup app, PkgBackup, here. When reviewing competing app, iBye, I frequently compared the two products, with PkgBackup winning my endorsement. But all my previous dealings with PkgBackup dealt merely with the backup process. I’d never used it for a restore… That is, until Sunday night!

I upgraded to 4.3.3 (since I’d been on 4.2.1 since I got my iPhone 4 on NYE) so I could use the now-patched jailbreakme.com exploit. It was sooooo easy! If you’re thinking about jailbreaking — and you totally should — do NOT upgrade to 4.3.4. You can still jailbreak, but it’ll be a little more difficult. Visiting jailbreakme.com, prompts you to press a button twice, and you’re jailbroken within a minute. Seriously. Perfect for jailbreaking noobs!

But, on to my restore. PkgBackup put my stuff back on my phone rather quickly. After a reboot, my folders were back, with the apps already in them as before. My settings from the MyProfiles app were already applied, as well. I was amazed!

I had a bit of a snafu with restoring the AppStore app data. The data didn’t want to transfer over (which was probably due to user error, AKA me), but I ended up trading 4-5 emails with the developer, Jibril Gueye, who walked me through suggestions on how to get my data back on my phone. The data from my banking app, WordPress, photo editing settings, Awesome Note, and 2do are now all fully restored on my iPhone and things are running smoothly. And, mind you, this correspondence with the dev all took place within 24 hours; sometimes immediately after I fired off a reply! Now that’s customer service, folks. PkgBackup is worth the $7.99 price tag for that alone!

So, after finally performing a restore with the software, I still fully recommend PkgBackup to anyone and everyone who has a jailbroken iPhone. That doesn’t change with Apple’s upcoming iCloud. I’m guessing they won’t be backing up 3rd party data, so there will still be a market for this wonderful app. Do yourself a favor and get it now!

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My Solution to Backing Up My iPhone

Back in January, I wrote a post about my experiences with PkgBackup and iBye. (My advice was to give PkgBackup a shot, and not to splurge on iBye just yet).

Some time has passed since then, and there have been updates on both apps, so I thought I’d give another update seeing as how the original post gets quite a bit of traffic and discussion.

Backing up your iPhone is rather easy when you adhere to Apple’s rules. Just connect your device to your computer and iTunes does the rest. If you’re like me, and want to do more with your iDevice, you might choose to jailbreak. That it when it is absolutely imperative that you read up on what it takes to backup your 3rd party apps and modifications. You can backup manually (via SSH), or you can invest in an app to help you with the task.

iBye and PkgBackup now both support Dropbox, and that is why I was most into these two apps. It’s very convenient to have your backups “in the cloud”. But the problem with Dropbox, in my experience, is that data transfer is extremely slow and tends to time out if you have a lot of files to backup.

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When App Development Goes Wrong: iBye for iPhone

I was made aware of a backup-utility app, named iBye (sorry, Jailbroken phones only), that would help users backup/restore their iPhone data.

Whenever there is a new iOS update, I wait forever to upgrade. Not because I don’t want to try out the new release and its fixes & upgrades, but because it takes for-freaking-ever to backup, restore, and customize a jailbroken phone to the set-up you previously had. I’m not kidding! Sometimes it would take over a week with custom themes and folders, and other tweaks that jailbreaking one’s iDevice provides.

I already have PkgBackup, which I like, but I haven’t tried it since it’s recent major upgrades. Before, all it would backup was the list of apps you had installed, so when you restored, it was download them all over again. No settings or data saved, though. And if you wanted to backup your Springboard layout, you needed to purchase accompanying app SBOrganizer, which I now do have.

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